Saturday, November 28, 2020

"Guaranteed for Life" by Millions Like Us

Song#:  3332
Date:  11/14/1987
Debut:  83
Peak:  69
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Pop, Blue-Eyed Soul

Pop Bits:  This UK duo consisted of Scottish singer/songwriter John O'Kane and English musician Jeep Hook (possible real name John MacNichol). Both had been honing their skills with other bands and projects before connecting and forming Millions Like Us. The were signed to the Virgin Records offshoot label Circa and recorded a self-titled debut album. This first single was issued out and while it didn't do anything in their UK homeland, it made a slight impression in the US. The track made to to #28 at AC while spending a few weeks on the Pop chart. The album sold a couple copies and got to #171 on the chart. It seems the duo stayed together for a while following the album, but ultimately split as the 90s began.

ReduxReview:  This easy-going track has a bit of a Michael McDonald feel to it. Even O'Kane's vocals have that similar mumble factor. Had McDonald recorded the song, it actually might have done better on the charts or at least gotten more attention due to his name. Although the tune was a pleasant listen, it didn't necessarily have a standout, memorable hook. The soulful groove and 80s production kept the song interesting, but it wasn't one that was going to easily cruise up the chart.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) Jeep Hook had already experienced performing with a hit band in front of large crowds. Prior to forming Millions Like Us, Hook played with the British band Talk Talk. Although not listed as an official member, Hook toured with the band as a guitarist during their most successful period when they scored a big worldwide hit with "It's My Life." Hook later moved behind the scenes in music operating recording studios including one in Atlanta, Georgia, where he took up residence. He has also been on the faculty at the Atlanta Rock 'N Blues Camp where young musicians go to learn and live out their dreams of being in a rock band.  2) John O'Kane stayed signed to Circa as a solo artist and released a debut album in 1991 titled Solid. The LP and its singles failed to chart, but in 1992 O'Kane re-recorded a song from the album, "Stay," and released it as the single, "Stay with Me." It ended up on the UK chart at #41.


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